An educated beer enthusiast is a happy beer enthusiast. Pad your beer library with these ten books ranging from subjects like beer history, homebrewing, and food-pairing. Get to know the world’s favorite drink in a whole new way.
By Michael Jackson
The other Michael Jackson, author of The New World Guide to Beer, continues his scholarly pursuit of all things beer. He combines historical anecdotes with contemporary beers and breweries resulting in, as the title suggests, a definitive beer companion.
Tasting Beer: An Insider’s Guide to the World’s Greatest Drink
By Randy Mosher
An extensive study of the world’s most popular drink. Learn how to identify different beers by scent, color and flavor, as well as proper serving, food pairing, and storage practices. It also comes complete with style-by-style compendium of the various brews within each of the major beer families.
The Brewmaster’s Table: Discovering the Pleasures of Real Beer with Real Food
By Garrett Oliver
Brooklyn Brewery brewmaster Garrett Oliver makes a fascinating and delicious argument for why “real” beer is the perfect compliment to any meal. Forget the mass-market variety brews. Follow Oliver as he takes you on a tour through the wide range of flavors found in beers from around the world.
How to Brew: Everything You Need to Know to Brew Beer Right the First Time
By John Palmer
An easy to understand step-by-step guide to beer brewing for the laymen who’s ready to take beer enthusiasm to the next level.
The Complete Joy of Homebrewing
By Charles Papazian
An extensive and trusted guide to homebrewing, courtesy of American Homebrewer’s Association founder Charlie Papazian. Recently expanded and revised to start you up and keep you brewing.
A Year of Beer: 260 Seasonal Homebrew Recipes
By Amahl Turczyn
Once you’ve gotten the hang of homebrewing, this helpful recipe book will guide you through producing 260 different seasonal brews. From extract to all-grain, for brewers of all skill levels.
Ambitious Brew: The Story of American Beer
By Maureen Ogle
The definitive history of American beer, from the wave of German immigrants who brought with them their passion for biergartens to the invention of American-style lager to the complexities of Prohibition to the present day, and everything important beer moment in between.
Farmhouse Ales: Culture and Craftsmanship in Belgian Tradition
By Phil Markowski
A close study of the evolution and refinement of ales, from the old world classics to the modern day reproductions.
Bavarian Lager: Beerhall Helles History, Brewing Techniques, Recipes
By Horst Dornbusch
Required reading for German beer lovers. A great balance of history, technical details and recipes of these classic lagers.
The Beer Drinker’s Guide to Munich
By Larry Hawthorne
An extensive guide to the best biergartens in the beer drinking capital of the world. Get a full look at more than 70 of Munich’s best watering holes, brew pubs, and beer halls. Also included is a chapter on Oktoberfest and other German beer festivals. Beer enthusiasts planning to visit the Beer City will also get some extra bang for their buck with the enclosed beer coupons from some of the area’s most renowned beer spots.